Climbing 615 and down 690.
I decided this morning to pump up my tyre as I hadn’t for a week or so. When I took the cap off the first one the valve insert came out. I thought I had put it back in ok but 5 kilometres down the road I had a flat tyre. I thought it was just the valve and pumped up again and 2 minutes down the road it was flat again, so the tube needed to be changed (it is always the bike tyre!).
The scenery was desert with mountain ranges today. We did 20 kilometres with a long gradual up hill and what looked like white arches away in the distance, but it was just the road going up and up. Bit of a headwind. Then we had ups and downs with quite a few hills and the road surface was quite uneven. Scenery was just kilometre after kilometre of desert.
The last 20 kilometres we turned right and the scenery was very pretty: flowers, trees, cacti in flower.
We had been going to ride 125 kilometres today and stay at a camp called “Quarry camp” which I was not looking forward. I was envisaging rocks and barren, bleak surroundings. Thankfully I did not have to find out as we are now staying at 105 k instead at a campsite.
We stopped at a shop 5 kilometres before camp where we had a cold beer which we had to drink there (because of the bottles). We must have got there just before 1pm, which is when siesta starts. The Siesta in Argentina starts at 1pm and shops open again anywhere from 6 pm to 8 pm. Most restaurants you can’t get anything to eat before 8pm.
At the camp on the white board it said to watch out for snakes eekkk!! Toliets but no showers! (day 3 without a shower).
There was a white staffordshire bull terrier at camp, a very nice natured dog. A few riders went for a swim in the river and were jumping off the cliff and she was howling with concern every time one did it. Unfortunately she had an awful skin condition like eczema (which Sue who was a vet says is caused by a mite and treatable) over most of her body which must cause her a lot of grief. I wish there was something I could do for her. Not sure if they have organizations like SPCA in Argentina. They do have dog charities in the bigger cites in Peru. Will need to google when I get some decent Wifi.
The campsite was quite peaceful until about 5pm when a number of motorcycle riders starting racing up and down and around a circuit that went around the camp. Thankfully it only lasted about an hour.
Dinner was chicken ginger sauce, brown rice and vegetable salad.
Australia bet Argentina in the semi final so Australia and NZ to play off in the final.